|Salem State celebrates its New England Big 4 Challenge trophy after beating Babson on Sunday.
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“The kids have just come to play (this season),” said Salem State coach Chris Harvey, who was once an assistant coach for the Tufts men’s basketball team. “I am proud of how we came out of this weekend against two good teams and put ourselves in this position (to win the cup).”
“The camaraderie amongst the coaches has always been what makes it a special weekend,” said Babson coach Stephen Brennan, who has guided the Beavers to a trio of New England Big 4 Challenge titles in 2013, 2014 and 2016.
The New England Big 4 Challenge is a weekend all Division III hoops fans should consider taking in at some point soon. Next year will mark the 10th season the four teams will get together.
MIT’s initial NEWMAC win of the season – a 69-52 win over Smith – provided coach Sonia Raman with her 100th win on the sidelines. Per the game’s release, Raman became the first coach in program history to reach 100 career wins. The Engineers have rebounded from an 80-60 loss to Bowdoin with back-to-back wins over Smith and Mount Holyoke.
Tufts’ Melissa Baptista became the 14th member of the women’s basketball program to reach 1,000 points in her team’s 64-44 win over Bridgewater State. Baptista concluded the contest with 12 points and five rebounds.